The publication cited “DFM’s position as the leading market in the region and, indeed, globally for listing Shariah-compliant equity listings and sukuk”, as part of the deliberations in granting the award.
His Excellency Essa Kazim, Chairman of DFM said, “We are pleased with this recognition, which indicates DFM’s leading position as the first Shariah compliant exchange in the world. The exchange also plays a key role in realizing the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai to strengthen the position of the Emirate as the Capital of Islamic Economy. Over the past years, DFM has been a dynamic force in driving the financial sectors regulatory enhancements through the introduction of standards for equities and Sukuk. Additionally and in order to provide investors with a trusted reference, our Shariah Section quarterly updates the list of complying companies, which currently includes 38 listed companies in line with DFM’s standard for owning and trading of shares and based on a thorough revision of their financial statements and operations.”
It is noteworthy that the DFM became the first Shariah compliant exchange globally in 2007 immediately after its public offering and listing in a first of its kind step amongst stock exchanges in the region.